Serious depression on day three

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Hi guys I'm suffering serious depression and anxiety due to alcohol withdrawal.

Up to this week I have been drinking four litres of whiskey a week minimum and that's not including nights out. 

Just joined the forum and wanting to find likeminded people in the same boat as myself and get some advice

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    Well done on getting to day three. Me also. What symptoms have you experienced? 

    Instead of feeling depressed why not try feeling proud that you're three days in and you've acknowledge you have a problem?

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      To be honest... I got a cold which inhibited me drinking and kicked off the withdrawal process but I didn't realise how dangerous cold turkey actually was. I'm going to my GP in the morning as my sweating is out of control and my BPM is 110 even when I'm not moving about! 

      So far I've just been drinking litres and litres of water and lucozade. How about you? Any side effects/advise? 

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    Wow well first of all well done for hitting day 3 of sobriety.  That is a hell of a lot of whisky to be drinking. You say you’re withdrawing.. are you doing this under doctor supervision? 

    What meds are you taking? I’ve managed Day 3 ... 3 times now, this is my forever day 3, I’ll never drink again, I can say that in full confidence because If I drink again I’ll probably die very quickly afterwards and that is definitely not going to happen to me.

    Day 3 I remember well, it’s still not sleeping, feeling anxious, still leaning over to pick up the drink that is usually perched beside you. It’s boring and emotional and strange. I’m not going to lie, the sleep thing is the last thing that gets back on track.. I’m 2 years sober and still have strange sleep behaviour.

    I know it’s difficult but try not to obsess about being depressed.. focus on the good you are doing for yourself. You’re saving your life.. it’s huge, be proud of yourself. If you have kids think about the extra years they are gaining by you doing this.

    I’m not one for taking pills personally but if you do, speak to your doctor about getting some short term sleeping pills. 

    If you are able, be more active, go to the gym, go for a run, wear yourself out before bed, don’t take any stimulants.. tea coffee etc

    If you are going to AA try and get to an evening meeting.. every day if you can initially, I always used to leave a meeting feeling quite good about myself.

    Stay in here and talk to people , you will see bits of yourself in most people’s stories 

    Good luck, you are doing fantastic.. keep it up x

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      Thank you Chantelle,

      I'm currently taking Valium to stop anxiety but It doesn't seem to be working. I got a few hrs sleep last night but was in the horrors. 

      The main reason I'm stopping drinking is because I've started to realise that everyone can see that I'm an alcoholic except me. The withdrawals I'm going through physically and mentally are scary and a real eye opener

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    You've made a start and should be proud of yourself! That's a lot of whisky - I was getting through half a litre a day most days. I even drank it while eating and there was always a glass available when I was outside. I found counting the consecutive sober days helped but had to start again usually. BUT, it can be done! I'm 10 years, 10 months and 25 days sober now and still counting. I still get tempted at times but the thought of going back to zero has stopped me so far. I was lucky to be able to manage without medication etc, but I've read that there are successful treatments. You can do this. I have had a lot of support from this site when I've wanted to have a small drink, just to see if I could stop at one. The advice was always DON'T! 

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      Yes. I suddenly decided I didn't want any more and threw what was in my glass out the window. No planning ahead for the big day, it just was a spur of the moment thing. I enjoyed the lack of hangovers and appreciated my food, ?I became more tolerant and nicer to people, especially to my long suffering wife. No withdrawal symptoms. But stopping suddenly can be dangerous I've read, so best to talk to your doctor I think. Good luck. You will get lots of support here. 

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    Hi there cormac well done keep going, I haven't managed a day yet it's not an excuse but I have a huge amount of stress at the moment. I have a doctor's appointments in 2 weeks and go to talk to her about the Sinclair method there have been lots of people on this forum who have used it with great success. Have a look it seems to have a different approach with use of meds good luck

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